The Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal reported last week that the Twin Cities area has been ranked as the top large metro area for volunteerism for the fifth consecutive year.
A report released by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service says an average of 37.1 percent of Twin Cities residents volunteered annually over a three-year period covering 2008-2010.
UST MBA students contributed to this ranking by contributing their time in a number of ways. Students served at Feed my Starving Children, and organized book readings for First Book, to name a few.
The Opus College of Business community makes a difference in the world by being a business school that emphasizes ethics as much as it does balance sheets, a college that knows business is about more than profit.
Now is your chance to share that difference with others–and win a pair of tickets to the sold-out concert of the summer, Rock the Garden.
Send us your answer to the question, “Where will you make a difference?” Your answers will be featured at the Opus College of Business tent at the 2011 Rock the Garden concert on Saturday, June 18, on our website and in our social media. In addition, the college will donate $1 to one of three nonprofit organizations (Kiva, FirstBook or Feed My Starving Children) for each answer we receive (up to $15,000).
This post is by Sara Christenson, a first-year Full-time UST MBA student.
Business students are expected to join case competitions and hold many leadership positions to increase the marketability of their résumés. Employers are looking for more than the core classes when they hire an MBA–they want proven, driven leaders and people who can manage multiple projects and keep a team together. With organizations like Net Impact and First Book, UST MBA students are able to distinguish ourselves from the competition.
The UST First Book group ventured off-campus this week for their second reading at Nellie Stone Johnson on the North side of Minneapolis. I was part of a ten person volunteer team that committed an hour of their time to reading to a group of K-4th graders. As part of an after school YMCA program, volunteers read to students for approximately 30 minutes and wrapped up their time with students by giving each student a book of their very own.
First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books.
Last week BusinessWeek reported that more business school applicants say they want jobs in sustainability and social enterprise.
Many MBA applicants have a dream that one day businesses will rise up and live out the true meaning of their new creeds, which include bottom lines that do more than fatten the wallets of shareholders. They have a dream that one day Wall Street will not be judged by its big bonuses but by the content of its character.
Students here at UST are doing just that. Together with his wife, in 2008 Marco Cavalletti founded the local chapter of a First Book initiative through her company. They have distributed more than 13,000 books to three low-income schools in the Twin Cities.
After sharing his passion with his fellow students, volunteers for starting a board at UST quickly came together and made it happen.